What an event. What a weekend! It deserves more than one Blog item, so I have created a whole web page on it. Here’s the link.
I was delighted to be invited to address the congregation at Oakham’s Coronation Service at All Saints’ Church on the following day. I have had several requests for the text of what I said, so here it is.
Sadly the Rutland ‘Clear Out to Help Out’ charity car boot sale, planned for today 8th May 2023, has had to be delayed because rain has left Rutland Showground too wet; I have been told that taking the necessary vehicles across the grass would have turned it into a quagmire, not only resulting in a disaster on the day but also making the showground unusable for future events for some time to come.
This is very disappointing, not least because I have large pile of items donated to charity sitting in my garage.
The plan is to hole it on the next Bank Holiday in three weeks’ time, on Monday May 29th.
Feb 28th: I am delighted that Rutland’s Barbara Crellin has been awarded an MBE today by HRH The Princess Royal. Richly deserved! Barbara has done much for swimming, rugby, sport, education and well-being in Rutland.
Today Katherine of Aragon was commemorated with a service at Peterborough Cathedral, where she is buried. A great woman – the first female ambassador, married to Henry VIII for 20 years. Before he divorced her.
December 4th: Three weeks until Christmas! Thanks to Oakham Town for a festive fair at Cutts Close today. Street food, stalls, The Grainy, spinning tea cups and more. A great Santa Fun Run was organised by Rutland Rotary.
December 3rd. An extraordinary array of 100 nativity cribs from around the world was displayed at St Andrews Church, Hambleton, Rutland this weekend. It was impossible to photograph everything as the whole church was filled!
The collection was kindly lent by BBC personality Libby Purves and assembled for display by local volunteers.
November 28th: the formal Installation of Uppingham fire service’s chaplain, Jill Canningby, by Bishop John – a joyful chance to celebrate the work of our wonderful volunteer firefighters. We are so lucky to have such altruism in Rutland.